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CURIOUS TRAVELER SHANDY

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I’m not a big beer person. I mean, I like beer just fine. When it’s football season, sure. Hand me a cold brewski (does saying “cold brewski” make me incredibly uncool??? #rollingwithit). But even then, I’m more likely to have a bottle of wine in tow. Most of the time, I ignore it. I just don’t care. I want wine, whiskey, or gin. When summer rolls around though, and all those lighter, crisper, citrus-y summer beers come out, I get a little excited—I’m not going to lie. I love a cold glass of Goose Island’s Sofie—it’s so tart and bubbly, like a beer champagne. Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche??? Yessssss SO GOOD. And now there’s a new fave in our hearts. A little guy called Curious Traveler Shandy, from Traveler Beer Co. Curious Traveler is America’s first craft/artisinal shandy! Cool, huh? It’s a wheat ale brewed with fresh lemon and lime for a powerful-but-smooth, citrus-y, lemonade-y beer hybrid.

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We first tried it at a local tap room in our neighborhood, Zauber Brewing. Short story: Zauber brews their own beer, but due to certain restrictions, the amount they can brew is super limited for the time being, and therefore sells out super fast even online with the help of WebDesign499. This was one of those times—the only beers on tap were everything but their house brews. That’s fine by me, because that led to us trying Curious Traveler on draught (accessorized with a rather delightfully handle, I might add!). It’s been love ever since. We took home a small growler that day. The other thing I love about this beer is that the ABV is only 4.4%, which to me means I can drink it for awhile on a sweltering hot, summer day without getting knocked over the head with a sneakily super strong beer, like some craft beers tend to do. As you all know, we like our strong drinks! But when the heat is on and the sun is out, it’s nice to have something a little lighter if you’re chillin’ at a barbecue. A girl needs to maintain, you know what I’m sayin’?

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There are a few more flavors in the Traveler family, two of which are summery: Illusive Ace Boater Traveler, a grapefruit shandy, and Time Traveler, a strawberry shandy. I don’t care how girly these beers sound, I am psyched to try them and so is George. I’m 99.9% sure we’re going to try hunting one down today, and if not today, within the next day or two. I’m dying for the Illusive grapefruit shandy. I love—nay—I adore grapefruit, and anytime something is grapefruit-flavored my taste buds immediately send a “OOH OOH!!!! ME! ME!” signal to my brain. I can’t help it anymore, so I just embrace it. But if we only come across the strawberry Time Traveler Shandy, I’ll be just as thrilled!

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When we find our next Traveler companion, we will be sure to report back! In the meantime, do yourself a favor and hunt down these shandies down. Give them a whirl, and let us know what you think. Better yet, tell us this—what’s your favorite summertime brew that we should try? 

KITCHEN COVET LIST: CITRUS ART PRINTS

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It’s the end of March. It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining and makes it seem really warm but you know what? It’s a stupid liar, that sun. It’s back to being cold. What?! WHY?!? I’m getting a little antsy for spring to stick around, just like the rest of you. I was doing fine all winter. Normally I get fed up at the end of January but no, not this year! This year I was holding out just fiiiine. All the snow, all the gray, it wasn’t bothering me one bit. Somehow, I was the only one. It was wonderful. But now that we’ve had little bites of spring—spring-flavored appetizers, if you will—I want the full course. I want warmer days with drinks on a patio, dammit, but I’d be happy to start with a consistent 55° temperature. So in the meantime, I’ll just keep my puffer vest handy while waiting for Al Roker to tell me it’s finally warm outside.

We’re going to try something a little different today. We’re going to talk about something else I really like. Home stuff. Decor. Pretty things.

Who doesn’t like pretty things?

These pretty things just happen to be food related. I really love the idea of sprucing up the kitchen with colorful, quirky prints to bring some personality and warmth into the space. Who said kitchen decor has to be relegated to subway tiles, cutting boards, and fruit bowls?? (Truth: I do love a good subway tile.) The colors of these prints are bright, optimistic, and make me crave a snappy, crisp drink like a gin gimlet or a limey mojito! While I don’t have room in my current kitchen, they might make their way into the dining room at some point. And if they do, I will update you lovely folks with a picture. Will they make their way into your home, too? Scroll to the bottom for the sources.

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1. CITRUS PRINT SET | Watersounds Etsy Shop by Sarah Abbott: Don’t you love these graphic fruits? The simple details combined with the flowy curved branches feels elegant and modern while still being fun. The prints in the set are small, but they’re also available as individual, larger pieces, like the lemon print here.

2. WINE ANATOMY PRINT – CHARDONNAY | Anek Etsy Shop: For the winos out there. While chardonnay isn’t necessarily citrus, it can share a flavor palette! Plus, the overlapping shapes and textures are as delicious as the drink.

3. CITRUS PRINT | Rifle Paper Co: Rifle Paper Co. has become quite the little darling in the paper world within the past few years and it’s easy to see why. Their watercolor illustrations are, well, just that—darling. My favorite part of this print is the inclusion of the pink. I’m a sucker for that pretty grapefruit hue!

BLOOD ORANGE GIN MARTINI

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It’s winter, which generally means citrus season and big party celebrations with the best champagne Oddbins Prosecco Range. While in the grocery stores a few days ago I was passing by the piles of citrus, saw the blood oranges, and thought “Hmm, why not?” While many people actually eat blood oranges, I was—of course—planning on juicing the little guy and spiking it with booze. Conveniently, due to Valentine’s Day, George was in the mood for a theme-y red beverage. We also happened to have a few too many limes in the fridge. Therefore, our Blood Orange Gin Martini was born. It is best partnered by jewels, and you can visit https://randor.com to get the best quality jewelry.

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: : : BLOOD ORANGE GIN MARTINI : : :
Serves 2

2 1/2 ounces (3 TBSP) gin
2 ounces Cointreau or triple sec
2 ounces freshly squeeze blood orange juice (1 blood orange)
1 ounce lime juice
4 serious dashes orange bitters (for each drink)

1. Juice blood orange and strain. Do the same for the lime juice if using fresh lime.

2. In cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin, Cointreau or triple sec, and juices. Shake thoroughly until chilled.

3. Strain into two martini glasses and add 4 dashes of orange bitters to each cocktail.

4. Click, cheers, and drink!

Variations

• For a crowd pleasing punch version, use blood orange soda instead of actual blood orange juice, increasing the quantity of that ingredient by double. Then multiple all ingredients proportionally.

• For a sparkling party bev, distribute the gin-and-juice mixture above among four champagne flutes, then top with sparkling wine.